Cloud computing is not just for businesses anymore. Online data hosting and other cloud services offer a combination of convenience, accessibility, and protection that today’s busy families can appreciate.
If you haven’t yet given much thought to how cloud computing could work in your home life, here are just a few of the ways that you might make the most of this technology:
Anywhere access to vital records – Imagine that you’re taking a family vacation overseas when one of your children gets sick. Do you know which vaccines she’s had recently? Are you familiar enough with your health insurance benefits to make sure she gets the best care?
With cloud computing, this doesn’t have to be a worry. You can store your family’s medical and financial records, as well as other important documents, in the cloud and have access to them from anywhere at any time.
Share photos and videos with anyone – Many families use cloud computing to store and share family photos, videos, and memories. This is especially convenient if you have a large number of family and friends who live far away—emailing photos to each person can take a long time, and there’s always the chance that you could leave someone out.
Cloud photo storage allows you to create and share online photo albums with everyone at once. You can simply give everyone access to the album and allow them to peruse the pictures at their own convenience. You can even share the albums you create via your favorite social networks.
Always find homework – If your kids are constantly losing their homework between home and school, cloud computing may help solve some of your problems. You can store your children’s homework assignments, graded tests, teacher’s notes, and other academic information in the cloud to make sure you have an accurate record of what their progress looks like. It may also save your child’s grade to have a scanned PDF of a project on hand when they misplace it before the due date.
Academic records storage is not only a good idea for your younger children, but it is also an excellent habit for your teenagers and college students to develop. Encourage your children to keep records of their tough assignments and projects all throughout their student years. These may come in handy later on when applying for jobs or grad school.
Emergency backup protection – These days, just about everything important is stored on our computers—from precious family memories to records of tax receipts. Unfortunately, hard drives fail all too often, leaving that vital information very vulnerable to loss. It’s a good idea to keep a backup of your data in the cloud, then, where it is not at risk from a bad hard drive or a fire. If anything were to happen to your personal computer, then, your data would still be safe.
Of course, when choosing a cloud computing service, it’s important to find one that has been proven for both safety and reliability. What do you use cloud computing applications for?
David Borg works with Dell. When he’s not working he enjoys playing in the sun with his kids. If you’re looking for more information on Dell’s cloud computing services, David recommends clicking here.
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